2017-04-19 / Front Page

Sebastian & Lyford 8-liners continue to operate with no regard for state laws

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter


THIS COMING SOON EIGHTLINER was told to cease and desist construction. 
(Photo by TonyVindell) THIS COMING SOON EIGHTLINER was told to cease and desist construction. (Photo by TonyVindell) People who criticize those who oppose the eightliners because of their illegal operations should consider this:

- A casino parlor under construction in the open frontier of Sebastian, where the eightliners have been invading without fear of the law, was ordered to cease construction for not having a building permit.

Amos Prado, the building inspector for Willacy County, said construction of the eightliner came to a stop after he stopped by last week and discovered they were illegally building the coin-operated parlor.

The eightliner was to be built a part of an existing building behind another such business, simply called Gameroom, and which announces plans to be open 24/7.

– Residents and a business owner said eightliner representatives have been recruiting people to work for them at $10 an hour.

But what makes this interesting is the potential hires are told they will be paid in cash at the end of a day.

No taxes withheld - no problems.

- Others claimed some of the eightliners have been hiring illegal aliens.

- An eightliner can’t give out more than $5 as a reward, but they have been giving out bunches of individual baggies with silver, each worth slightly less than $5.

Luis Saenz, the district attorney in Cameron county, told a Chronicle-News reporter that is as illegal as it can be.

Willacy County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra, continues to assert dealing with the eightliners is a law enforcement issue.

He echoed the same during a recent townhall meeting with more than a dozen Sebastian residents who said they are fed up with what has been going on in their once quiet community.

As many as five eightliners have opened there and three more are getting ready to follow, including the one the county building inspector cracked down on.

Altogether, 10 buildings are in place in Sebastian ready for the influx of gamblers once the eight eightliners are in full operation.

In nearby Lyford, four eightliners are open and a fifth is to go in the old Tucker’s BBQ building.

In Raymondville, an eightliner is in the Raymondville Plaza.

And in the countyside, another eightliner, called Penny Drop Amusement, has already been checked out by the county building inspector.

Eightliner representatives have been eyeing Port Mansfield and, lately, in the small community of Lasara where some officials said they don’t want them.

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